The Chewing Gum Man of Muswell Hill

I usually describe here the artists that I found out about on the Internet… well, not today! Today I’m going to write about an artist that I found in London – lying on the Millennium Bridge and painting on the blobs of chewing gum, to be more precise.

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

Ben Wilson, or the Chewing Gum Man as he likes to introduce himself to the passers-by, is an English painter and sculptor. Painting the used chewing gums is not his only project – he created some wooden sculptural reliefs, a series of black and white graphics and oil pastel paintings which were exhibited in many countries around the world. However, it’s the idea of miniature paintings on the pavements and brigdes in London that made him quite famous.
Here are the ones that I noticed on the Millennium Bridge.

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

But if you look around London, and especially in Muswell Hill, you can come across some of these little pieces of art.

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Marion Bolognesi:(much) more than just a portrait

I’ve already mentioned my weakness for watercolour painting when I was posting about Elena Romanova (https://acatastrophewaitress.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/elena-romanovas-colourful-world/).
Well, here it is again!
I fell in love with Marion Bolognesi’s works instantly. She has not only a great talent but also an incredible passion for painting which makes her works very expressive and unique. No wonder her works were exhibited all over the world and she was invited to collaborate with many other recognized artists.
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More about Marion –> http://www.marion-b.com/

Elena Romanova’s colourful world

I’ve always had a weakness for watercolours. It’s just amazing how much a good artist can do in just a few brush movements… and so can Elena Romanova. She studied painting at the University of Arts London and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. Currently, she lives in Barcelona. She’s famous for a series of paintings depicting black silhouettes of a couple under a red umbrella. However, I’d like to show you her other series, namely the cityscapes. With just a few lines and colourful spots (and her great imagination, of course), she managed to illustrate some of the biggest and the most famous cities the world. Magical.
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So… can you name all the cities? 🙂

 

Paris in paintings: Antoine Blanchard

So here’s the third and probably the last post about Paris and a painter who decided to immortalise its beauty on his canvases.
Antoine Blanchard is actually a pseudonym of a French painter Marcel Masson. His famous Parisian street scenes present the city and its inhabitants in bygone days. Like many French impressionists, Blanchard liked painting the same landmark several times but in different weather conditions. However, if you have a closer look at his works, you can easily guess which weather condition was his favourite 😉
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Paris in paintings: Marilyn Dunlap

Last Thursday I went to Paris and once again I had the pleasure to take a walk around Montmartre. As always, Place du Tertre was full of painters and their wonderful works of art… and that reminded me that I haven’t shown you my favourite paintings of Paris yet!
So that’s what I’m going to do in the next 3 or 4 posts because each time I want to focus on the works of one particular artist.

Today I’d like to introduce Marilyn Dunlap, an American painter who took a liking to the narrow streets and charming corners of Montmartre.
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